Palacios picks Cards, but NBA an option

Originally Published: May 5, 2004
By Bill Hodge |

Top 100 forward Juan Palacios of Centereach-Our Savior New American, NY., has chosen Louisville over Baylor and Florida State. He also considered the NBA Draft.

JamesOn Curry of Mebane-Eastern Alamance, NC., a Top 100 guard who was released from his signed letter by North Carolina after he pleaded guilty to drug charges, is headed to Oklahoma State.

Center Idong Ibok of Nigeria/Montverde Academy, Fla., has chosen Michigan State over Georgia, Virginia Tech and Charlotte.

The Oregon Ducks signed guard Kenny Love of South Bend-John Adams, Ind/Casper CC, Wyo., over Tulsa, among others.

South Carolina gained forward Antoine Tisby of Kansas City-Schagle, Kan/Bradley/Friends University/Allen County CC, Kan.

Temple has gained guard Chris Clark of Philadelphia-St. Joseph's Prep, Pa.

Sophomore forward/center Moulaye Niang of El Cajon-Christian, Cal., who was considering transfering to San Diego State or TCU, has decided to remain at Kansas.

Top 100 center Randolph Morris of Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga., is expected to announce on May 6 between Georgia Tech, Kentucky or the NBA Draft. He is considered a late first to second round pick.

Top 100 guard Malik Hairston of Detroit-Renaissance, Mich., is near a decision between Kansas, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA and Ohio State.

Touted Class 2005 guard/forward Ryan Ayers of Fort Washington-Germantown Academy, Pa., is set to decide between Notre Dame and Virginia. He is the son of Randy Ayers, former head coach at Ohio State and NBA Philadelphia.

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Forward Darnell Dialls of Lexington-Lafayette, Kty., is part of a five-player class for Eastern Kentucky.

Class 2005 guard Ed White of North Hollywood/Harvard-Westlake, Cal., has chosen Yale.

Houston signed forward Sergio de Randamie of Midland CC, Tex.

Central Florida has forward Anthony Williams of Omaha, Neb/Indian Hills CC, Ia. UCF recently gained forward Marcus Johnson of Romulus-Robichard, Mich/Schoolcraft CC, Mich., who was once headed for Texas A&M.

Boise State has forward/guard Kareem Lloyd of Brooklyn-Banneker Academy, NY/New Mexico CC, NM.

Lamar has signed forward/center Nashid Beard of Reseda, Cal/Los Angeles CC, Cal; and forward Daniel (Skip) Thomas of Austin-LBJ, Tex.

Utah State signed guard Robert Cox of Macon, Ga/Allen County CC, Kan.

University of San Diego signed forward Michael Shepherd of Orem, Utah/Odessa CC, Tex.

Wisconsin-Green Bay has gained forwards Terry Evans of St. Louis-Cardinal Ritter College Prep, Mo; and Benito Flores of Dominican Republic/Southeastern CC, Iowa.

Santa Clara gained forward Okechukwu Mbanugo of Nigeria/Fremont-American School, Cal.

George Mason signed guard Jordan Carter of Indianapolis-Brebeuf Jesuit, Ind.

Stephen F. Austin has signed forwards Anthony Paez of Lehigh, Fla/Central Florida CC, Fla; and Justin Thomas of Griffin, Ga/Life University/Tallahassee CC, Fla.

Western Carolina signed guard Trey Hopkins of Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla.

Portland State has gained guard Josh Neeley of Salt Lake City-Cottonwood, Utah/Salt Lake CC, Utah.

*Check Class 2004 lists for Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences. Ninety-seven prospects on the Class 2004 Top 100 have made Commitmen ts or Signed. List of remaining Top 100 Prospects.

2004 NBA Draft
(May 10-Early Entry Deadline; June 17-Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline; June 24-NBA Draft)
High School/Prep School Entries
C/F Dwight Howard 6-10 Atlanta-SW Atlanta Christian, Ga (Uncommitted). Has agent. Draft: Top two in first round.
G Shaun Livingston 6-7 Peoria-Central, Ill (Signed with Duke). No agent. Draft: Top four to five in first round.
F Josh Smith 6-8 Mouth of Wilson-Oak Hill Academy, Va (Signed with Indiana). Has agent. Draft: Top eight to 10 in first round.
F Ivan Chiriaev 7-1 Oakville, Ontario-St. Thomas Aquinas (Pledged to Iowa State). Has agent. Draft: Top six to ten in first round.
G/F J.R. Smith 6-6 Newark-St. Benedict's Prep School, NJ (Signed with NC). No agent. Draft: Middle in first round.
G Sebastian Telfair 6-0 Brooklyn-Abraham Lincoln, NY (Signed with Louisville). Has agent. Draft: Middle in first round.
F Al Jefferson 6-9 Prentiss, Miss (Signed with Arkansas). No agent. Draft: Late in first round.
F Dorell Wright 6-7 South Kent Prep, Conn (Signed with DePaul). No agent. Draft: Late first to second round.
C Jackie Butler 6-11 Virginia Beach-Coastal Christian, Va. (Signed with Tenn). Has agent. Draft: Second round.
Possible Entries (second round selections do not receive guaranteed contracts)
C Robert Swift 6-11 Bakersfield, Cal (Signed with USC). Draft: Late in first round.
C Randolph Morris 6-11 Fairburn-Landmark Christian School, Ga (Uncommitted). (Decision May 6) Georgia Tech, Kentucky or NBA. Draft: Late first to second round.

Should Preps Jump to NBA? The most heralded high school player in years, forward LeBron James of Akron/St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio, was chosen No. 1 in the first round of the 2003 Draft by Cleveland. He averaged 20 points and was Rookie of the Year. The other three preps taken in the first round, all late picks, played a combined 86 minutes during the entire season: Forward Travis Outlaw of Starkville, Miss., 23rd pick by Portland; forward Ndudi Ebi of Houston-Westbury Christian, Tex., 26th pick by Minnesota; center Kendrick Perkins of Beaumont-Ozen, Tex., 27th pick by Memphis, then traded to Boston.

Class 2004 Basketball Database
*Search lists of Prospects/Commitments/Signings/Schools and Conferences
*List of Top 100 Prospects/Commitments/Signings/ Remaining Top 100 Prospects.
*More players projected to make an impact: Super Prospects.
*Top JC Prospects: Junior College List.
*Basketball Signing Periods: Early (Nov. 12-19) and Regular (Apr. 14-May 19).

*Indiana, Texas and Louisville lead the early 2004 Top Classes.

Class 2005 Basketball Database
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The 5/8 Rule
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has voted to approve measures of academic reform that included a repeal of the controversial 5/8 rule limiting college basketball recruiting to no more than five recruits in a single class and no more than eight in any two-year period. With the rule rescinded, coaches can fill their 13-man rosters with the best eligible players who have yet to sign. NCAA Story

2004 McDonald's All American Game
J.R. Smith and Dwight Howard helped the East rout the West, 126-96, at the 27th McDonald's All American Basketball Boys Game in Oklahoma City, Okla. The John Wooden Award which is given to the most valuable player of the game was given to co-winners Smith and Howard. Smith led all scorers with 25 points, while Howard contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Story, Rosters.

McDonald's Games/All-Star Games/NBA Drafts
Search for Stories/games/rosters.

2004 Nike Hoop Summit
The 2004 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Select team defeated World Select, 99-79, in the Hoops Summit game in San Antonio. Josh Smith led all scorers with 27 points, J.R. Smith added 17, while Rudy Gay and Al Jefferson had 14 and 13. Sebastian Telfair scored six. Luka Bogdanovic led the World team with 20 points. Churchill Odia and Juan Diego Palacios each scored 10. Stories/games/rosters.

2004 Jordan Capital Classic
Dwight Howard scored 18 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Black team to a 107-96 victory over the White squad in the Jordan Capital Classic and was named the outstanding player. Malik Hairston led the Black team with 23 points, while Robert Vaden added 21. Dorell Wright led the White team with 24 points, while Al Jefferson added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Stories/games/rosters

Basketball Commitments/Signings:
Class 2005: Database
Class 2004: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2003: Database/Top 100/Top Classes.
Class 2002: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2001: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 2000: Database/Top 100/Top Classes
Class 1999: Database
Class 1998: Database/ Top Classes

Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.